A porcelain veneer is a thin tooth shaped device made of porcelain that is attached to the front of your teeth to protect and/or improve the appearance of the tooth. A porcelain veneer is a cosmetic treatment used to restore the tooth that is chipped, misaligned, irregularly shaped, worn down, permanently stained, or used to fill gaps. For simple cases where aesthetic improvement is required combinations of bonding and teeth whitening may be used to improve the appearance of teeth however for serious cases, porcelain veneers are great options.
Porcelain veneers require a very small amount of your original tooth to be removed, this is usually less than a millimeter. This is necessary as the veneer requires a certain fit on the tooth to retain the look of your natural teeth. This also creates a surface that is important for a permanent bond between the veneer and the tooth, as this is necessary for a correctly functioning and long-lasting veneer.